Last updated on April 25th, 2022 at 04:48 pm
Okay, if you’re freaking out, because you don’t know how to lose 10 pounds in a month, I’m gonna be a good human and share 5 things I have done in the past that have helped me lose weight, whenever I needed and will help you too…IF you apply them of course. They do not work if you just read over them.
So if you’re going on vacation, to a wedding or you saw a picture of yourself eating pizza and did not look like Giselle, calm down – read through these, see what you can do and what you want to do less of to get that weight off. The time is gonna go by anyway.
There were many times in my life when I needed to lose 10 pounds in a month, sometimes in a week, and in very extreme cases in an hour.
Was I successful? Yes, and no and no.
Because if you want to lose 10 pounds in a week or an hour, you must be a little insane. (not a genius – INSANE). But 10 pounds in a month? That’s good enough. Better in a month, than never.
I’ve done it before and it works – no miracle there. Just following through on things I thought might work.
Now. If you’re looking for a very realistic, foolproof way to lose 10 pounds in a month, I, the belly fat queen, am here for you!
10 pounds isn’t too much weight to lose and if you pull yourself together, you can do it! Apply these tips for a month and the fat will basically fall off your stomach. So why not just do it, okay?
How to Lose 10 Pounds In A Month – 5 Tips That Actually Worked For Me
1. Eat a Satiating Breakfast.
Let someone else drink those green smoothies and eat the croissants topped with mini doughnuts.
You need something like good old oatmeal right now – top with some fruit, nuts and you’ll be full until lunch. If you’re craving something savory, maybe an avocado & egg toast will be a better choice for you.
All that is purrrrfect as long as you stick to #2. Hehe #2.
Related: 5 Healthy Breakfasts You Can Make In 5 Minutes
2. If you’re not hungry yet, reach for water first
You’ll be surprised how you’re almost never hungry. When you actually reach first for water instead of food, you realize you’re almost never eating because you’re hungry. You’re eating because it’s there, or, you know – because you’re bored. Or dehydrated.
An easy trick that will help keep you from being dehydrated like a lizard all day every day is having water with you all the time. Get a giant water bottle, fill it up and make it easy for yourself to stay hydrated. This simple change will make you feel more energetic and lighter – enjoy it!
3. Get physical
Get physical and exercise every day or 4-5 days a week. 30 minutes is enough, but make sure you’re SWEATING. Sweating it out will also make you happy and will motivate you to do it again TOMORROW, which is key here.
It was perhaps 2 years ago when I had stopped doing ANY exercise. I was just lazy – sitting all day and watching TV at night. I didn’t get overweight, but my chin had doubled, my arms were jiggly, my belly was spilling beautifully over the waistband and I felt like I was all over the place. No focus, and just blah.
Then I got busy. I stopped watching TV in the evening and signed up for some Pilates, Zumba and Yoga classes and additionally did basketball once a week. I felt so alive and was more focused (don’t know about yoga but try playing basketball without being in the moment – it hurts!). AND. Within a week my friends and coworkers started telling me how my face had gotten thinner and that I’ve lost weight. You can imagine how good this felt.
Exercise is not the only thing you need to be doing to lose weight, but it’s definitely A HUGE HELP when it comes to weight loss. Go at your own pace: if you need to walk – walk, if walking’s too hard – try sitting exercises, there’s always a way.
4. Get low after 3
At this point, we’ve all heard that low-carb diets turn you into a skinny robot with a lot of energy within a week. Science also says low-carb diets are good for you. Low-carb diets are recommended to lose weight, to reduce inflammation, to get rid of acne…no secret here.
But if you’re like me and can’t stick to low carb all the time: Stop eating carbs after 3.
I honestly got this tip from Mr. Wolverine himself – Hugh Jackman. (Disclaimer: I have not met him, and do not intend to look like him, because I’m a woman and I just like to look at him when I’m bored…)
He said his biggest tip to get in shape for X-Men was to not eat carbs after 3 pm. Ok, Wolverine, I’ll do everything you tell me to.
So, naturally, I tried this before and it works! Eat all your carbs (so grains, legumes, fruit & treats) before 3 pm and then after 3 pm, do the low-carb thing. No need to get into ketosis, it won’t make you a better person. But, as sad as it sounds – no pasta and pizza for dinner this month.
If you don’t eliminate carbs completely after 3 pm, at least be mindful & don’t overuse them. For example, I would add some quinoa or chickpeas to my salad, but not go crazy like I usually do (I have pizza, pasta & bread WAY too often for dinner).
5. Stop at 5 pm
All the research I’ve read and I’ve got this tip from some TV show I watched 10 years ago.
Don’t eat after 5 pm.
Now some people say not eating after a certain hour is overrated – calories in, calories out…But it worked for me. I lost 4 pounds in 2 weeks doing this and I loved waking up with a flat stomach, which had never happened before.
I’ve heard about intermittent fasting, you’ve heard about intermittent fasting…but if you’re like me, you probably put off all your eating for late in the evening anyway. And what does all that lead to?
You get tired and then you go to bed, without being able to digest all the food you just ate.
Well, if you want to lose weight: change your eating habits. Eat until 5 pm.
If you can’t do that, try until 7 pm. This will give you enough time to digest, so you can sleep well.
In my experience, 5 pm works perfectly for me. I was hungry for the first 2 nights, but then I felt and slept better.
6. Make It A Habit
Last but not least, turn these into habits! You don’t want to lose the 10 pounds and get back to your old ways, right? You wanna keep it up. That’s what will bring you long-lasting results and will improve not just the way you look, but the thing no money can buy: your health.
So, keep eating healthy, cooking, moving and have fun with it! If you need some delicious healthy meal ideas and want to get organized in the kitchen, so you can stay on track, you can check out my clean eating binder. It’s full of healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and so much more (and over 100 of them). It’s a tool you can use to organize your favorite healthy recipes, to create your own meal plans and to track your habits. I’d really appreciate you checking it out here and if you do decide to get it, make sure to use the code NTB20 to get 20% off your purchase.
- Start the day with a nourishing breakfast
- Have a good, well-balanced lunch, maybe a small dessert once you’re hungry
- Then a lower carb dinner
- Stop eating at 5 pm, keep yourself occupied with something productive
- exercise at home, outside or go to the gym 4-5 times a week for 30 minutes and sweat
- build healthy habits
Now if you can’t stay away from food altogether after 7 pm, try some 0-calorie snacks like radishes, cucumbers or berries – all better than chips and candy.
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- How to stop overeating when life sucks and everything is so delicious
Alright, guys! I realize I didn’t sound like the “genius” I usually am in this one, but these tips actually work, so I really needed to share them! All you need to do is try for yourself and you’ll be seeing results very, very soon!
Thank you for sharing all of this info. I am going to try the 7pm cut off. My husband and I eat our main meal at lunch, snack around mid afternoon, which leaves evening to eat light. I am trying to do better at breakfast, which I’ve never been good at.
Working on incorporating more exercise.
Hi Trish, I’m glad you found it helpful! If you’re like me, the 7pm cut off will be tough the first 2 days, but then you’ll notice you feel a lot better! For breakfast I usually like carbs like overnight oats or some type of bread with eggs, cheese or some spread – depends what I’m in the mood for.
Definitely don’t skip it, if you’re also not going to eat after 7 pm. The other two things that are kinda easy and personally helped me are drinking water and taking short walking breaks every hour, to just stay active. Otherwise even if I eat less it’s harder for me to lose weight…
Okay, now I’ll stop! Good luck and let me know about your progress and if I can help with something, please ask!
Hi! im in middle school and i need to loose a lot of weight fast. do you recommend any exercises in particular?
You’re pretty young, so the only advice I have here is to try and create healthy habits. There’s no particular exercise or diet that I can recommend. Simply watching that you’re staying active every day, preferably doing something you truly enjoy. It’s on you to find out what it is…For example when I was younger for me it was gymnastics and basketball, even though I’m not the tallest, but it helped me stay active and healthy. I also really recommend eating everything but making fruits and vegetables a priority, about 6-7 cups and getting more sleep. I don’t know how much weight you need to lose, hopefully you’re doing it for the right reasons, just take it one step at a time and focus on long-term habits, not numbers.
These tips sound like something I can do. Over the last 7 years I dropped 85 pounds. But I’ve gained about 15 back after my divorce, moving, new city, new job and lots of great food in Texas, lol. I refuse to gain anymore and I’m adamant about losing those 15 pounds. Thank you for those tips!!!
Wow 85 pounds, great job! Yes, these have definitely worked for me, although they do require some self-discipline, but I think you definitely can do it 🙂
good to know that eventually you can lose so much weight. I’m following the just cut it method, my dream is to go from 230 to 130 lbs. after almost a year I’m in my one third. Tips from Stella sounds very good and are coherent with what i’m doing now 🙂
This is actually really good advice, nothing crazy, over-the-top, unrealistic, or disordered is suggested.
These are just good, solid reminders.
Exactly what I was thinking! So many “weight loss advice” is very unhealthy and unrealistic. I love how these can all be easily applied to most peoples.
The only one I would change is “not eating after 5 pm”
It’s good advice but I would rather say “don’t eat __ hours before bedtime” it’s more easily applied to peoples life schedules. Because some people go to bed at 7 pm and others (like me) usually go to bed around 11-12 pm.
I am diabetic. Do you think this will work for me? I workout with Denise Austin, Margaret Richards, Gilad, and Ada Janklowicz. I usually workout 5 days a week. This week it was four, but l am going to workout today. I also have diabetic nerve pain, which really hurts. I weighed 183 pounds. I am 5ft2. I weigh 137..8 now. My weight range is 110 to 121. I am trying to reverse my diabetes. I am going to try your plan to lose ten more pounds.
Wow, Pam! Great job! As for those last few pounds, I would definitely ask my doctor! These tips are safe for the majority of people, but I know that intermittent fasting (which not eating after 5 pm is similar to) isn’t advised for diabetics. I think the most important part for you would be to keep doing what you’re doing and focus on getting more antioxidant-rich foods like low glycemic index fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, raw seeds and nuts. Also increasing your intake of omega-3 rich foods like salmon or mackerel. When you have diabetes, you would also have increased levels of chronic inflammation in the body, and eating this way should help. I wrote more about that here. Then of course – getting enough sleep and regular exercise that you enjoy, including walks and not sitting for longer than an hour (this is crucial for better insulin sensitivity!). Again, I highly recommend talking to a doctor that you trust and I hope you’re doing so much better soon! If there’s any way I could help, let me know!
Love your article! I am a shift worker and my work schedule is never the same. I work 6, 12 ir 18 hours, morning, evening and night, so I find ir hard to follow a routine and not to use food (carbs and sugar) as comfort, after a long hard night shift. Any tips for me? Entering menopause and needing to lose 10 pounds…
Make some easily assessable healthy snacks for yourself and don’t buy unhealthy snacks! (Eat before you go grocery shopping usually helps me with this) If you have a bag of portioned out cubed cheese and fruit. You’re more likely to reach for that instead of something unhealthy.
Planning ahead will help you make better choices. 👍🏼
Bindu Chamariya says
Hey thanx for sharing this I hope I can do dis❤️
Hello! Just wanted to share that I followed all these tips and guess what? It worked! I lost 10 whole pounds and I feel great! Thanks so much! 💕
Love it!!! I’m so glad these tips worked for you too and that you’re feeling great!
Rylee Baumann says
I LOVE this!!!
Hello I am 34 years old and I am a type one diabetic and take insulin 5 times a day. My current weight is 180 . What can help me lose 10 lbs with out going into a diabetic attack?
Hi Brandy, please talk to your doctor about this
No carbs after 3:00 and no food after 5:00 sounds doable! I like that you’re not recommending extreme things; just healthy changes. Thanks.
hope it helps, it truly makes a difference!
Thank you for this light, fun and helpful post! I been following your tips the past 6 days after trying so many new things such as counting my calories, working out more and drinking fiber and nothing was giving me results! But the past 5days I ser an alarm to stop eating carbs at 3pm and dinner by 5pm! Surprisingly it was natural and so helpful for my issue with belly bloat! I am finally down 2pounds!🙌🏽 Now need to figure out how to keep this new routine as we head to our vacation in two days. Any tips?
So happy to hear Lisa! On vacation, I’d just continue eating low carb whenever possible and maybe just avoid snacking…I wouldn’t try to control too much, just drink enough water. It’s a vacation after all, you don’t want to be overthinking what and how you eat. The good thing is now you know something that works for you and you can always get back to it when you’re back. I hope this helps, have fun and enjoy!
Great advice! Excited to try, sounds doable and just the boost in motivation that I need to continue my weight loss journey! It’s also the perfect reminder to recommit myself to the lifestyle change needed in order to stay healthy and body positive! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I work 3rd shift, 12 hour shifts, have different days off every week. How do I implement these tips into my schedule. I usually work4:30pm to 5am
This was a good article. I read these all the time and yours was actually helpful. Thank you!!!
Shauna k Gustafsson says
So I am doing great until 3 but find I cant figure out any meal Ideas that dont have carbs, would I look under keto recipes? What about dairy?
Yes, you can look under low carb/ keto recipes. And dairy, only if you can tolerate it and in moderation.
Why is this post written the same as another post from strip that fat? You both have the same article. Are these pre written for you? Just curious no judgement !
I don’t know what strip that fat is, but this is my article written in Jan 2018. If you read it somewhere else, they’ve probably copied it/ stole it
Can you share some lunch & dinner ideas?
I have shared some of my favorite recipes for dinner here. Most are also good for lunch, my favorites are the spicy Mediterranean bowl, the Mediterranean chicken wraps, the egg roll in a bowl and the turkey cauliflower skillet. Hope it helps!
I am still at work till 5 and don’t get home to about 6. I know you have in there to stop eating at 5 what suggestions would you have
I want to purchase your eating plan/recipes. Do they get mailed to me or is it something I print out myself?
it’s a recipe binder with easy and healthy recipes. No specific meal plan. And it’s a PDF that you can download as many times as you wish. If you want a meal plan, I have many that you can try for free here. The download is different in that it’s ad-free and comes with printables like habit trackers, a meal planner and more. Hope it helps, let me know if you have any other questions!
I recently read your article and appreciate your very sound advice (and wit!). I have a question regarding carbs … I would like to try the “no carbs after 3 p.m.” but am wondering if you could clarify exactly what that means? Vegetables and legumes have carbs, as well as things like quinoa and brown rice. But a lot of those things also have protein and/or low carb loads. Would these foods be included in the “no carbs after 3 p.m.” rule? For example, I like to eat roasted broccoli with salmon and quinoa … Would that be acceptable after 3 p.m.? Or would the proper example be to eliminate the quinoa?
Hi Gail, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving this sweet comment! Yes, that’s what it would mean – no quinoa. Broccoli and salmon yes. In general, I’m not super strict with this and believe you can have some quinoa, just to make maybe a smaller portion. I find that in general, eating smaller meals in the afternoon/evening makes the biggest difference. Hope it helps!
I am going to us your advice and follow it. I have been trying to loose 40 pounds for two years with no weight loss!
Ahhh, Patti, the last two years have been tough on all of us, I’ve gained weight too! However, these things really do work. I’m now rediscovering that long walks and more time outside, a smaller meal or no meal after 5pm help the most!
I saw your comment wanted to respond too. I wanted say that as someone who had a hard time in middle school loving my body, and struggling with my weight, I promise that finding a way to make regular exercise, even just walking, and healthy eating, focusing on those healthy things that come from the ground like fruits, veggies and grains is the best way to go!
I don’t know what your motivation is to lose weight, but the absolute best thing anyone can do at your age, if you are unhappy with your weight is to one; know that you are an AMAZING, WORTHY person, no matter what your scale says! and two; establishing healthy habits! When I was in middle school, back in 2006, I too wanted a quick way to lose weight. I didn’t want to work on committing to anything long term and just wanted quick results. I rolled my eyes at advice focusing on “healthy eating” and “changing habits” and “getting active”, and because those healthy habits weren’t instilled in me as a little kid, and I ignored that advice growing up, I am still working on instilling those habits at 28 years old, knowing now from life experience that, that advice is ROCK SOLID advice. I have lost weight twice before, one time was 50 lb and another was 70 lb. That took a ton of work, but because I have 28 years of bad habits under my belt, I gained all my weight back and more each time. The good habits you could instill in yourself now could help you later in life. If you want to snack reach for healthy foods, and start yourself moving (I’ve always been a couch potato!). But like I said I am still working on breaking bad habits, and instilling good ones.
I saw your comment, and remembered myself at 11, 12, 13, and wish I could go back and tell myself this, so I’ll tell you! 🥰 I hope that helps, and I just want to say again, that NO MATTER YOUR WHAT THE SCALE SAYS, YOU ARE A WONDERFUL, WORTHY PERSON. EVERYDAY. NO MATTER WHAT. ❤
Thank you for your response, Rianna! I know this was meant as a response to Lydia, it’s great advice and such a beautiful message. Thank you!